School leaders can collaborate and work together toward digital equity for students
Despite all of the impact of technology in our schools, there is an unfortunate reality: not all students have the same access to digital technologies – especially at home. We have become a nation with access and a nation without access to the internet.
According to a 2012 Pew Research Internet Project study, only 30 percent of low-income households have smartphones and less than one-half of low-income households have broadband at home. These numbers are more pronounced from the scope of educational achievement. Approximately one-third of adults who do not possess a high school diploma have broadband at home, compared to nearly 90 percent of those people who have a college degree or higher.
Our society is rapidly becoming a “Tale of Two Cities.” Technology is simply that significant–either you have access and are part of the ever-changing and growing community, or you are part of an underclass.
(Next page: 10 steps to digital equity)